Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein

Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein
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Attendees at President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE's campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday night chanted "lock her up" after the president questioned whether Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Young activists press for change in 2020 election MORE (D-Calif.) leaked allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court declines to overturn doctrine on regulatory clarity Gorsuch joins liberal justices in ruling against federal criminal statute Susan Collins: Trump's 'she's not my type' defense is 'extremely bizarre' MORE.

Trump invoked Feinstein while ticking through a series of attacks on various Democrats, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).

"How about Sen. Feinstein? That’s another beauty," Trump said.

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" 'Did you leak the documents?' " he added, before portraying an exaggerated nervous denial from Feinstein.

The crowd broke into chants of "lock her up," prompting laughter from Trump.

"I think they’re talking about Feinstein," Trump said. "Can you believe it?"

The senator issued a statement to The Hill shortly after the rally concluded, blasting Trump's comments as "ridiculous and an embarrassment."

“Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly. Republican senators admit it. Even the reporter who broke the story said it wasn’t me or my staff," Feinstein said.

The jeer is a staple of Trump campaign rallies, though his supporters have typically used the chant in reference to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE.

When Trump mentioned Clinton later in his speech, the crowd again began shouting "lock her up."

Tuesday marked the first time the chant referenced Feinstein.

Trump has suggested that Feinstein leaked allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a party when the two were in high school in 1982. Two other women later came forward to accuse the judge of sexual misconduct.

The president has provided no evidence that Feinstein leaked a letter from Ford, other than to suggest Feinstein's body language indicates she was the source.

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly denied that her office leaked the letter.

"Did she leak it? 100 percent," Trump said Tuesday night. "No, I don’t want to get sued – 99 percent. Now I can’t get sued."

Trump has lamented that Kavanaugh did not receive "due process" in the face of the allegations, which he claimed without evidence on Monday were "a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."

Updated at 9:12 p.m.